(Closed) New Zealand Honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

My husband and I just spent a month there! It’s really fantastic that your wedding is in November, because November-December is a shoulder season where it is warm (late Spring.early Summer) but there aren’t a lot of tourists! We were there the whole of December.

I would recommend doing a road trip. We got a great deal through Apex, started in Auckland, and worked our way south. My advice would be to not spend a lot of time in the cities (a city is a city, although New Zealand cities are incredibly clean and friendly!). Nature is where it’s at, and all of the National Parks and conservation areas are 100% free! A don’t-miss is the Tongariro Alpine Hike, an 8-hour (tough but doable) hike through stunning terrain. That is in the middle of the North Island, maybe 3 hours away from Auckland. Milford SOund/Fjordland National Park, the Otago Peninsula (for panguins and albatross!) and Tasman National Park are also don’t miss sites!

We would really recommend, if it is possible, going for 3 weeks, and leaving your trip somewhat openended. Weather changes quickly, and the ability to be flexible can mean the difference between seeing the place, or seeing nothing. We always were checking the weather, and never made reservations more than 3 days in advance – and always had nice housing! There are some spectacular homestays/farmstays with lovely rooms and ridiculously beautiful surroundings. Most also have full kitchens you can use – great for saving money! We went in with our flights in and out as well as rental car and Wellington ferry booked, and went from there.

It was so amazing that we’re now looking into how to move there!

Post # 4
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

we’ve spent the past 2 christmas’ in NZ and loved it that we are going back again for a 3rd time this year

1st year we spent 5 nights on the north island (mainly Rotaru) and then 5 nights in the south (Dunedin and Christchurch)

2nd year was all south island, 4 nights Dunedin, 4 nights Te Anu (near Milford Sound) and 3 nights Queenstown. Our next trip will be Steward Island (most south part of NZ) for some great white shark diving and then the glaciers before heading back to either Queenstown or Christchurch

my question is what do you want to do and whats “lots of fun activities” for you??  Queenstown is where lots of fun happens, bunge jumping, jet boating, 4WD’ing, rafting ect – it all costs but its fun but Milford Sound is where people go to hike and enjoy nature so different things are fun for diff people


Post # 5
4193 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

LOVE New Zealand- ideal place for the sort of honeymoon you’re looking for. (And if you want a low-key day or two, go to Wanaka just to relax.) Also agree if you can go for 3 weeks, it’s so worth it!

Post # 7
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

IF i had to do our last trip again what i would do differently….

i woudnt stay in Te Anu (closest town to Milford, lovely town) because its a 2hr drive one way to get to Milford (4hrs one way from Queenstown) to go hiking or do a scenic boat trip. If we do it again i would stay in Milford at a lodge/hotel – there arent many but there are a couple so im not spending 4hrs a day going in and out, we went scuba diving in Milford, did a few tame walks and a boat trip

queenstown does everything – got to admit not my favorite place because its seemed like a bunch of bogans sat round the town square all day and boozing all night but the activities were endless. we went 4WDing, sent hubby on a photography class 4wd safari, had massages, fly fishing. i wanted to go rafting but we ran out of time

i would like to do queenstown to glaciers to hammer springs to christchurch – its a very pretty country

Post # 8
1077 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

we did!!

We spent a month in NZ–on the North Island from Xmas-end of January.

We spent time traveling all over–Auckland up to the very tip of the island. Stayed at this great place in Russell (quiet, beautiful, beach city) and this Awesome sheep farm in Te Puke.


so so much fun

Post # 9
14481 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My friend actually just asked me about my trip:  Here’s a copy and paste of the email I sent him:

I went in Dec so it was their summer. 
Flew into Christchurch, stayed overnight then drove the next day to Franz Josef to do the Glacier hike.  Its really rainy over on that side of the mountain, rains 2/3 days and there are stupid sand flies that bite like a bitch and it hurts and itches for WAY longer than mosquito bites.  Hiked Franz Josef one day, and went to Fox Glacier another… then continued on south to Wanaka for a day… then to Te Anau for 2 days, stopping by Queenstown to get a burger at Fergberger (supposedly best burger ever, pretty good).  From Te Anua we drove up to Milford Sound to do a tour of the sound, it was pretty good.  Its hard to schedule with rain though.  From there we went back up to spend a night at Mt Cook, which sucked and was rainy and could see anything… so left and went to Akaroa for a night before going back to Christchurch for the last night before flying out.  Over all was 2 weeks.

Glacier hike: a must.  Useful to book ahead, but makes it really hard to plan around weather.  The first day we were there we were going to go, but they were sold out for that day and the next, which worked out cause the first day it poured ALL DAY, the second it rained all morning, and by the day I went it was totally sunny.
Wanaka: cute little town, not much to see, but it was just a good half way stopping point between Franz and Te Anau
Milford sound tour: pretty cool, worth seeing.  Once again, the rain made it hard, we bought tickets for one day, drove up there ( a good 2 or 3 hrs from Te Anau I think) and it POURED the whole time, which was pretty awesome cause of all the waterfalls it made, but then could see squat in the sound, so changed the tickets to the next day.  Theres no where to stay up there except this little place called Gunn something and some other more expensive hotel, but it was better than driving all the way back.  Next day, weather was great, tour was fun, especially when you got out to the Tasmin Sea.  Warning for cameras, you WILL get SOAKED, picture a buckets of water splashing over the boat over and over and over and over.
Mt cook, totally sucked for me. 
Akaroa: cute little town, not much to see or do, but the drive there is pretty nice.

The east side of the island will be warm and sunny, the west side rains 2/3 days.  You can go anywhere and there might not be much to see or do, but the drive is still really nice.  You can drive for 5-6 hours a day and its not boring at all cause its all so beautiful.  I LOVED it, you should totally go. 

Oh check out Top Ten holiday park.  Its a camp site with facilities (kitchen bathroom) that are pretty nice.  If you bring a tent and stuff you can stay in those for like $15/night and just drive around and show up so you can keep your plans more flexible if you want to. 

oh, I just found this oh my google docs:
1    Fly to Christchurch   
2        In flight
3    Arrive Christchurch   
4        Christchurch
5    Check out of CHC    Drive to Franz Josef (4.5 hr)
6        Franz Josef
7        Franz Josef
8    Leave Franz – stop by     Drive to Wananka (3 hr)
9    Lake Matheson    Wanaka
10        Wanaka
11    Leave Wanaka    Drive to Te Anau (3 hr)
12        Te Anau
13        Te Anau
14    Leave Te Anau    Drive to Mt Cook (5 hr)
15    Leave Mt Cook    Drive to Akaroa (3 hr)
16    Return to Christchurch (1 hr)

Post # 10
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

there are stupid sand flies that bite like a bitch and it hurts and itches for WAY longer than mosquito bites

yes!  im still recovering from sandfly bites!  and we were there in Dec also – we brought a drought as they had 18 days and no rain, the tanner on the sound disappeared because of the dry spell

Post # 11
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I definitely recommend you coming to NZ for your honeymoon.  Great places to visit in the North Island include the Bay of Islands, Coromandel (Hot Wtaer Beach, Cathedral cove, Whitianga), Rotorua, Lake Taupo and then in the South Island; Queenstown, Hamner Springs, Wanaka, Arrowtown, Milford Sounds.  Please ask me if you have any questions about specific places.  November is a great time to travel as the weather is good & its not too busy. 

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